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Princeton Alternative School

Public | K-5 | 229 students

 
 

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Posted Friday, April 11, 2014

Princeton Alternative School is a wonderful learning place for your child. Not only do they strive for excellence in the classroom, they promote giving back to the community and respecting others. I have truly enjoyed being a Princeton parent these past two years and look forward to the next few years to com.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

Princeton Elementary is a excellent school. The staff there are awesome. the teachers, principal ans staff are very friendly, My child is above her grade level. The class sizes is great! I would trade school for nothing....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

I attend Princeton Elementary and I have to say that this is an amazing school. They give you all that you need to start of your education. I am thankful to have so many great teachers and of course a great principle. Once every year someone who went to Princeton will come and they would always say that Princeton will get places like Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Phillips Academy, or WJ Christian. Those schools will get you to schools like Ramsay, Carver High School, or well that's actually the only good high schools in the Birmingham City Schools System. The point is if you keep trying you will succeed in life. If you are thinking about going to one of those schools why not go to Princeton. I am a senior at Princeton and i have the best education and like i said I am thankful. You should go to Princeton trust me you won't be sorry. See I just wrote this paragraph and I'm only in fifth grade. I used to have good writing in 2nd grade (i still do). These skills you take from Princeton are going to pay off. Last year fifth grade got 100% on the ARMT Test and this year we are going to keep the scores the same way and that's a promise.


Posted October 25, 2013

I remember my very first visit to Princeton to obtain an application for kindergarten testing. Upon entrance, I was greeted with warmth and smiles. The students were well behaved and intellect fumed the air! I said, "My baby belongs here!" Anyone could only imagine my happiness and relief to receive my child's acceptance letter to attend PRINCETON ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL!!! The principal, teachers and staff are unbelievable! I am honored to have my child attend a great school that not only promotes but execute leadership, proactive behavior, innovation, etc. I have comfort knowing my child is being cared for and taught by a teacher that holds the same values (being respectful, responsible and accountable, etc.) as I do as a parent. I am a proud Princeton Mom! I wouldn't have it any other way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Princeton Alterative Elementary School has been a jewel in the educational crown of Birmingham City Schools for many years. This is the school for your child if you want them to be ready for the 21st Century. The teachers and staff strive for excellence in all areas, academic, social and physical. Academic rigor and striving for excellence is embedded in all we do.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

Princeton Alternative School is one of the best schools in the Birmingham City School System. The leadership is outstanding and the teachers are excellent. The facutly and staff always goes far and beyond to make sure that the students are aceademically challenged and exposed globally to ensure they are leadership ready. The parent participation is phenominal and the school is always providing an opportunity for parents to volunteer or visit the school through PTA meetings, parent conferences, special recognition days, field trips, etc. I am excited every morning when I drop my son off at Princeton, because I know he is going to be challenged to do and be his best academically and display positive behavior. There is no other elementary school in the Birmingham city area that I would rather have my child attend than Princeton Alternative Elementary School. GREAT JOB- Principal, Teachers, Stafff, Parents and especially Students!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

This was our 1st experience with a school of any sort because this was our son's 1st year in Kindergarten. I must admit I was nervous and skeptical of the Bham School System, but after seeing 1st hand, the dedication, professionalism and pure excellence that the entire Princeton Staff exudes, my husband and I are well past impressed. We want our son to stay the full 5 years there and hopefully his little sister will be able to attend this wonderful establishment and flourish just like all of the children that walk the halls of Princeton Elementary. Truly the best in the West and the Ivy League of Birmingham Public Schools and even better than some of the K-5 schools in other districts like Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills...Yes I said it...The stories I hear from people who work in said locations, make me really appreciate Princeton Elementary. We will do everything we can to support them and keep them running. Go Panthers !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

I am a 2000 graduate of Princeton and just finished college this year. The foundation of respect and hard work definitely began in my home but Princeton was an environment that mirrored my home. I was expected to be able to write and speak publicly, perservere through difficult tasks, and be a leader by my teachers. Excuses and failure was not an option. Well, I am and I have Princeton to thank! Now I am an engineering graduate enrolled in graduate school. If you are a Princeton student or you are looking to become one, you will work hard, study a lot, and be held accountable for everything you say and do. But, one day your dreams will be realized and your goals will be met. With that being said, I don't know why this school is being considered for closing or consolidation. Nothing has changed. I see they still have the best test scores, best and most dedicated teachers, and a wonderful principal. (I know because I volunteer/tutor/visit once a year.) Parents fight for your school! Birmingham, fight for this "Pearl of the World!" Although a lot of my teachers have retired but, I want to say "Thank you Princeton!"


Posted September 9, 2012

I graduated from Princeton Elementary School in the early '70s when Mrs. Lucille Boyd was the principal. It was an impressive school then and I am thoroughly thrilled to know that the bar for excellence is still so very high after all these years. From reading the comments, it seems that the key ingredients for success remain the same: dedicated, professional staff and caring, involved parents. Backed by such reinforcements, it is no wonder that students succeed in a big way!


Posted August 28, 2012

When the doors are open I'm most likely to compare it to the doors of the church ; ) .Ms. Ward is the most caring and concerned principal that I have ever meet and her love and concern for everyone spreads through out her staff . The education that is impressed upon the children, the respect level that must be maintained, the resourcefulness they are taught and the responsibility that is instilled goes from school to home and home to school. The mission to achieve these qualities and to help each child understand that thay are individuals that are challenged to achieve their maximum potential and be self-motivated is not just in words.The education, concern, love,guidance and discipline my children receive at home is what they receive at school. What we receive at Princeton is equal to the best private and public schools in Alabama. As parents it's our responsibility to raise our children and instill great qualities in them so our teachers can teach. Prov.20;11-Even a child is known by their doings,whether their work be pure, and whethet it be right. This is for life and this is what they receive daily from home, church and school. Yes, I love my Princeton family and you would too
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

Princeton is the Ivy league of elementary schools. The have excellent teachers and they really care about our children. I really hated when it was time for my child to move on. I just wish she could be educated at Princeton all through high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

I am a parent who was not brought up in the Birmingham school system, and was skeptical about Princeton when a friend who is a school teacher reffered us to Princeton. That was four years ago and Princeton has GREATLY EXCEEDED every expectation that I have for any elementary school. The parent participation is excellent. I love the way the Principal there knows everyone on a first name basis. Its not just a school but an extention of the family. The teachers there are the best and host parent teacher bootcamps, so that the parents can understand how to help their kids at home. I have never seen a school that had such good parent,teacher,and principal communication, and people wonder why Princeton Elementary is called " THE JEWEL OF THE WORLD, and the BEST IN THE WEST." When a school has a motto like Endless believing Leads to Endless Achieving, You cant help but to wonder why the rest of the Birmingham School System hasn't jumped on the band wagon???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

Hey! I am a student at Princeton Elementary School. I have been at Princeton since kindergarten. I really enjoy the staff and this is an excellent school. Bye!


Posted July 25, 2010

School leadership, high levels of parent involvement, and outstanding quality of teachers are the ingredients to what maes Princeton Elementary a perfect 10. I have two children who attended over the last 5 years and I can say that we witnessed first hand the recipe for success that I listed above.We will be moving to the Pacific Northwest this upcoming school year, where schools in the area are meeting 80-90% of objectives. I know that test scores alone don't paint the complete picture of what makes this school so special, it is worth noting that last year Princeton met 100% of AYP for grades 3-5 in Math and Reading. This school gave my kids have an excellent foundation and I know that they are prepared to succeed any where we go. Princeton is the jewel of public education not just in Birmingham but in Alabama. Go Panthers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

I am an ancient alum of Princeton (Class of 1980). The school was impressive then, and it continues its tradition of excellence.


Posted April 23, 2009

I love Princeton. My son went to Princeton and Finished in the top10. Now I Have a First grader and he loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

My children has attended this school since kindergarten, I have been extremely pleased with the faculty and staff. I know that my children can leave this school and be able to compete with any other child from any school district in Alabama.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

I attended Princeton in the 70s when it was K-8 and it was a great school then as well as today. I believe in Cynthia Ward and her staff and love the time and attention devoted to the students. My oldest attended K thru 5th and is currently an honor student at Phillips Academy. My two youngest are in 1st and 2nd grade respectively and they love this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

My daughter gradutated from Princeton this year and I have to say that the best decision I have made regarding her education was getting her into Princeton. The teachers and the principle all want our childrent to succeed. I have never been happier and I hope we continue on the path that Princeton has laid out for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

I am thrilled to death that my child is receiving the best education in Birmingham right here at this school. The teachers are wonderful! They really are dedicated to their professions. They love our children as if they were their own. They are always striving to improve the delivery of content through embedded professional development. The principal always tells the staff that good is mediocre and that they will strive to be the best. She is on the right track. I am really proud of the Panther Pride.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 91% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
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Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

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Male100%
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Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
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General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male100%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
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Free lunch eligible100%
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General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 35%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 4%
Two or more races 0% 0%
White 0% 58%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1425 2nd Ave West
Birmingham, AL 35208
Phone: (205) 231-2500

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